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Fixing Boring Characters [WE Master Class]

Over the years I've written, or have started, a lot of little stories. But with my inexperience I've fallen into the same trap over and over again (without realizing it most of the time), that my main characters aren't very interesting and are often flat one dimensional people. In episode 10.5 of the Writing Excuses Master Class, the crew goes over things to avoid and things to do to help fix a boring main character. Here are a few of the highlights.
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Developing Ideas [WE Master Class]

Alright, I’ve come up some ideas from yesterday's writing exercise, but none of them really point to a good story. So now what? How about we try developing the ideas deeper; and that is what today’s Writing Excuse Master Class lesson was on, developing ideas. Let's start with the lesson insights on developing story ideas. Read More…

Idea Generation [WE Master Class]

In January of 2015, the team behind Writing Excuses (Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Howard Tayler) started what they call a Master Course on writing. The idea was to provide a course on writing for those who can’t attend the in person courses that they provide.

Recently I’ve decided to get back into writing and since I’ve never had formal training, and I have little experience, I thought it may be a good idea to learn from skilled and experienced authors. The plan for now is to blog about the insights I have as I go through the course and my writing exercises outlined by the course. The focus in the first month was coming up with and then developing story ideas. Read More…